While most people regress into a state of depression when they are faced with news of a terminal illness, the late Nancy “Chichi” Muinjo used it as a source of motivation.
The 29 year old TV and radio personality used her cancer diagnosis to raise awareness about the illness that takes approximately 7.6 million lives.
During her last days, she began documenting her battle with cancer through a You Tube channel, and was preparing to host a TV show on NBC on the matter.
However all those plans came to an indefinite halt when the starlet passed on at the Paramount Private Hospital in Windhoek on Thursday morning last week.
Hudred of condolences poured in on social media, with most of her friends reminiscing about their last moments with her.
One such individual was Muinjo’s close friend Luis Munana, a former Big Brother Africa (BBA) contestant.
“The last time we spoke we were discussing her new TV show and I was updating her on my tour in East Africa. She was motivating me and encouraging me to pursue my career no matter how long I’ve been away from home in Namibia.
“I apologized for not being there during her birthday weekend. She then told me about her birthday highlights .It was a normal update, the usual “what’s been happening” conversation that friends usually have.” Munana wrote to The Villager newspaper from Tanzania recounting their last chat.
The general consensus among those who knew her personally and those who had the fortune of meeting her at least once is that she was an empathetic person who loved all of those around her, character traits that Munana was all too familiar with.
“Chichi was very spiritual, selfless, humble, caring, funny and kind. She always put others first. Even during her pain she would go out of her way to be accommodating to others,” the model recalled.
She often made sacrifices to be with her friends even when she was tired, savouring every moment she got to spend with them, whether it was merely to give moral support or have drinks after work and catch-up.
“She was the kind of person who always wanted to be positive no matter what. Even when she was in hospital for her chemotherapy sessions, she never complained, not even once. She was always smiling, always.”
During her darkest times, the late Muinjo was said to be armed with infectious humour at all times, ready to cheer up her family and friends.
She also charged herself with passing on her carpe diem attitude to everyone, be it through her projects like her For the Cause project, or through motivating and inspiring them with her actions.
“My life changed from the day I met her. I told everyone by saying it all over social media when I met her; I remember posting “I’ve never met a woman like this before, a woman of great substance.
“I owe her a lot career wise. When I didn’t make it for BBA8 she encouraged me to try again the following year. She also told me that I don’t have to wait for others to give me a platform on TV I should go out and get it, hence the creation of the Voigush TV show,” he said, adding that she always wanted the best for others.
It is his hope that her best friend/manager Thomas Iitula along with her close friends and family work hard to preserve her legacy by finishing her work towards cancer victims because she was passionate about educating and helping even during her last days.
“I would d like her to be remembered for changing the world. I would like people who didn’t know her to see her as a legend of our time; I don’t know many women her age who can balance - work, career in entertainment, budding political career and fighting cancer the way she did. She made it look easy and flawless and that is how I want her to be remembered,” he concluded.
by Faith Haushona-Kavamba